The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to see regular reports of metal theft.  In the last six weeks alone, there have been seven reports of metal theft.  In the last six months of 2011,  a total of 16 metal thefts were reported.  While all types of metals have been stolen, copper seems to be the primary target.

Construction companies and construction sites have always been prime targets for metal thieves, but we are now seeing this expanded to include individual electricians, plumbers, farmers and other non-traditional victims.

Residents are urged to keep metallic items out of sight, locked up and securely stored when not in use.  Appropriate fencing, locks, chains, alarm systems, etc. should be used when possible.  Report suspicious persons or vehicles to law enforcement.  They may be checking the area in preparation for a future theft.  Put identification marks or labels on metallic items, especially tools.  Even marking wire with spray paint can help prevent theft and aid in identifying it if it is stolen later.  Be sure to report all thefts and suspicious incidents to your local law enforcement promptly.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868 where you will remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward.